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Anniversary of Inspiration: 25 Years in Washington’s San Juan Islands

Program Number: 21193RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/28/2013 - 10/5/2013;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: San Juan Islands, Washington
Price starting at: $1,795.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 19; 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Join in a celebration marking 25 years of Road Scholar adventures with Skagit Valley College. Attend presentations by our most highly rated instructors, learning about the unique ecology of the region and its resident orca pods. Find inspiration in nature through hiking, whale and wildlife observation, and an outdoor sculpture park. Trace the history of the islands’ native inhabitants and European settlers, and delve into an agricultural tradition that has evolved into today’s sustainable farming.




Highlights

• With marine naturalists, search for wild orcas and seals.
• Learn about Civil War Gen. George Pickett’s connection to the area during an exclusive theatrical performance.
• Enjoy a final-night celebration aboard a chartered yacht.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles daily on uneven terrain.



Program is limited to 75 participants, with smaller groups for activities.




Date Specific Information

9-28-2013

This special celebration program commemorates 25 years of premier Elderhostel/Road Scholar programs in the San Juan Islands. The best of various program themes are woven together into one program to highlight the natural beauty & geography; creative local artists; hiking; maritime exploration; marine mammals; and island history. Set your clocks back to “Island Time” and celebrate in the San Juan Islands!



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Seattle, 1 night; coach/ferry to Friday Harbor, 5 nights; ferry/coach to Seattle, 1 night; departure.



Coordinated by Skagit Valley College.




San Juan Islands

More than 200 individual islands comprise this archipelago off the upper northwest coast of Washington state. Only a handful are home to permanent residents, many of whom stay for the close-knit community unique to Island living.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotels.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton
  Seattle 1 night
   Best Western Friday Harbor Suites
  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island 5 nights
   Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton
  Seattle 1 night
 Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: 1801 E. Valley Road
Renton, WA 98057 USA
phone: 425-430-1414 xor8007829444
web: www.hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/washington/hilton-garden-inn-seattle-renton-SEARHGI/index.html?WT.srch=1
  Room amenities: Rooms feature a spacious work desk with Mirra® ergonomic chair; secure in-room printing to the business center and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Enjoy a 32" LCD flat-panel TV with premium cable channels – plus a microwave, coffeemaker, refrigerator, clock radio with MP3 connection, iron, hairdryer and laundry services.
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: complimentary internet access; indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa; 24-hour fitness center; on -site restaurant; Business Center; automated teller (ATM); baggage storage; coin laundry; elevators; laundry/valet service; local area transportation; on-site Convenience Store; • Pavillion Lounge; room service; complimentary parking and safety deposit box.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: *Contact Hotel directly *Ask for Road Scholar extended stay rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: *Contact Hotel directly *Ask for Road Scholar extended stay rate.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 Best Western Friday Harbor Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: Friday Harbor Suites newly renovated all suites facility features spacious one bedroom rooms, each with one queen bed plus a comfortable pullout sofa sleeper with 7" mattress in the living room. All suites include a gas fireplace in every room,full size kitchen with utensils and coffee maker; on site fine dining and lounge, and a great in town location accessible to museums, galleries, restaurants and services. Note: There are a very limited number of two bedroom/two bath suites at the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites. Those participants who are rooming with an “assigned” roommate will be give priority assignment of these suites on a space available basis.
  Contact info: 680 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-752-5752
web: www.fridayharborsuites.com
  Room amenities: Each suite features a gas fireplace, kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, private bath, duvet comforter, 27" TV, free wireless internet, and a private patio or balcony.
  Facility amenities: Courtesy shuttle service from the ferry and airport, business center with high speed internet, free WiFi in every room, outdoor Jacuzzi spa in courtyard, exercise facility, concierge staff, on site fine dining and lounge, and complimentary parking. Courtesy guest shuttle is available 7:30 am-9:00 pm.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Your Road Scholar program will begin with an orientation at 5:00 pm in hotel conference room. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends just after breakfast (breakfast is available between 7:30-9:30 AM). You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Complimentary outdoor parking is included at the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Seattle
  Nearest city or town:  Seattle
  Nearest highway: Interstate 5
  Nearest airport:  Sea-Tac Intl Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Seattle
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Courtesy Hotel Shuttle
phone: 425-430-1414

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

Complimentary shuttle available 5 am to 10pm daily. Note: there are several Hiltons and Hilton Garden Inns in the greater Seattle area. Please verify when boarding your shuttle from the airport that it is for the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton.

 

Hilton Garden Inn - After 10 pm

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttle Express
phone: 425-981-7000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20-30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25-30 miles

   

Reservations from the airport are highly recommended, although we do welcome walk-ups. Special rates given to party of two or more. Additional discount given for Round trip booking. Approximate charge for two people (one way) is $50 or $90 (round trip). Fares subject to change.

 
Driving Directions
  North of Seattle to Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton Take I-5 Southbound to I-405 and follow ramp to I-405 Northbound. Take exit #1, West Valley Highway, turn left onto Interurban. Take right at South Grady, Right at Lind, Left at SW 16th. Hotel is on right side around curve.
  South of Seattle to Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton Take I-5 Northbound to I-405. Take I-405 North to exit #1, West Valley Highway exit, Left to Grady Way, take right. Proceed to Lind Avenue turn right. Turn left onto SW 16th St. Hotel is 1 block down on right around curve.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome & Orientation Program
(Saturday, September 28)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome and Program Orientation
 Dinner: Catered Welcome Dinner featuring meat or vegetarian lasagna in Conference Dining Room
 Evening: Get Acquainted Program follows dinner
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Special Skagit Valley College Visit / Scenic Ferry to San Juan Islands / Welcome to San Juan Island!
(Sunday, September 29)
   
 Breakfast: Extensive breakfast buffet served in hotel Conference/Breakfast Room featuring, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, a variety of fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, breakfast breads/toast, juices and coffee
 Morning: We'll depart Seattle on our way to San Juan Island. Along the way, we'll stop for a special visit to the Skagit Valley College campus in Mt. Vernon, WA. Skagit Valley College is one of the oldest community colleges in the state of Washington and this year celebrates 25 years of providing Elderhostel/Road Scholar Programs. A very special presentation by our keynote SVC faculty provides the Natural Science context and Geography setting the stage for our arrival into the San Juan Islands. The event is held in a campus facility that recognized with a LEED® Platinum certification for environmental excellence.
 Lunch: College dignitaries welcome our group with a luncheon at our Skagit Valley College Main Campus in Mt. Vernon
 Afternoon: We'll board the WA State ferry in Anacortes, WA - on our way to Friday Harbor. Enjoy the view from the inside passenger cabin or from the outside decks as we take our 1.5 hour journey along this National Scenic Byway through the islands to Friday Harbor. Late afternoon hotel check-in's will be followed by a small pocket of free time settle in / relax / or explore Friday Harbor.
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, grilled chicken, steamed veggies, and red potatoes or rice – topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Welcome to Friday Harbor! We will acquaint you during an overview of Friday Harbor and San Juan Island,and then review our itinerary in detail including group breakout choices as we plan for our week's adventures.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Featured Presentation: "Coast Salish Peoples of the San Juan Islands" /Morning choices-Historical Museum, Whale Museum and Wildlife Rehab Presentation; Afternoon choices: Island Exploration - South San Juan Island (American Camp & Lavender Farm) or Hiking. Evening: Special theatrical Performance.
(Monday, September 30)
   
 Arrive To: Before breakfast: We're offering an optional small group gentle Hatha Yoga session - (Space is limited). This Interdisciplinary Yoga is gentle and integrates both classical and contemporary styles of Hatha Yoga. It offers an excellent way to extend degrees of flexibility, build strength, and elevate energy. This session is appropriate for all fitness levels, regardless of previous Yoga experience.
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: Begin the morning by choosing one of three different small group options: Option 1) Walking field trip to the San Juan Island Historical Museum. The Museum Director will be our guide as we weave through buildings and uncover behind-the-scenes details to the pieces in the Museum's collection. Option 2) Walking field trip to the Whale Museum, the nation's first museum dedicated to whale's living in the wild. The Whale Museum's Education Curator will be our guide as we explore this unique island treasure and learn more about the marine life that surround the San Juan Islands. Option 3) Enjoy a presentation about Wildlife in the San Juan Islands. A Wildlife Rehabilitation expert shares informative about preservation and rehabilitation of the variety of wildlife that call the San Juan Islands home. This presentation includes a special live raptor visit. Then, mid-morning, we'll reconvene all together as one group at our hotel for a feature presentation about the "Coast Salish Peoples of the San Juan Islands" by an expert on the forefront of research and knowledge of local Native culture, and one of our most vibrant and informative speakers.
 Lunch: Have lunch the way you like it! Lunch will be served buffet-style and features a soup of the day with salad bar (including green leaf / spinach salad, a variety of fresh raw veggies, potato salad, three bean salad, and more) – topped off with coffee, tea, iced, water and dessert of the day.
 Afternoon: Our afternoon features your choice between two available options: Option 1) An excursion to the South end of San Juan Island. Our first stop will be a San Juan Island National Historic Park (American Camp). Learn about the 1850's boundary dispute and how the San Juan Island National Historic Park was founded to commemorate the "pig war" that was peacefully resolved. Our last stop on the excursion is the Pelindaba Lavender Farm, a uniquely wonderful niche-farm that continues to blossom and thrive. Option 2) Small group guided hiking near San Juan Island National Historic Park (American Camp) with it's rare coastal prairie, epic marine views, and unique history. Savor the views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains from South Beach, the longest stretch of pebbled beach in the Islands. After our hike, we'll stop at Pelindaba Lavender Farm for a brief exploration.
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, baked salmon/fish (as locally available by season), rice , and steamed veggies– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: In recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, our entire group together will enjoy a special theatrical presentation of "The Life and Times of General George Pickett". This play has been presented throughout the Pacific Northwest, plus a special run in Virginia, for more than 14 years. The play begins with Pickett's boyhood life in Richmond, following Pickett's life through the San Juan Island's "Pig War," and culminates with the disastrous "Pickett's Charge" that brought ruin to the Confederate Army at the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning: Choice of History or Marine Mammal presentations. Afternoon: Group splits for Whale & Wildlife Cruise / Excursion to San Juan Island North end (English Camp National Park, Limekiln Whale Watch & Observation Post, Historic Roche Harbor Resort and Island Sculpture Park)
(Tuesday, October 1)
   
 Arrive To: Before breakfast: We're offering an optional small group gentle Hatha Yoga session - (Space is limited). This Interdisciplinary Yoga is gentle and integrates both classical and contemporary styles of Hatha Yoga. It offers an excellent way to extend degrees of flexibility, build strength, and elevate energy. This session is appropriate for all fitness levels, regardless of previous Yoga experience.
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: Begin your morning by choosing one of two available presentations. Option 1) "Orcas of the Salish Sea" - an expert presentation on Cetaceans: Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in the Salish Sea. Hear vocalizations with their unique dialects and gain insight into their wonderfully sophisticated social behaviors. Option 2) Enjoy a rousing lecture "Friday Harbor History: Port on an Inland Sea" from a local author and expert Historian from the San Juan Island National Historic Park. Discover the authentic history of Friday Harbor and San Juan Island.
 Lunch: Since we’ll be out exploring, we’ll enjoy a picnic/bag lunch today. Our caterer will provide whole fresh fruit; chips, bottled water, and a chef’s choice fresh bakery treat for everyone. Each member of the group will build their own sandwich to their liking – choosing from an assortment of meats, cheese, breads, and condiments/accoutrements.
 Afternoon: For the afternoon, we'll divide into two groups. Group A) North San Juan Island Excursion. We'll begin with exploration of the picturesque Limekiln Lighthouse, now a whale observation outpost known to locals as whale-watch park. Following our picnic lunch, we'll depart for the San Juan Island National Park (British Camp). Rounding out our afternoon will be a stop in Roche Harbor Village. At Roche Harbor, visit either the historic Roche Harbor Resort (with its lovely marina and English gardens) or visit the Westcott Bay Sculpture Park (where you can view hundreds of outdoor sculptures thoughtfully placed amidst acres of quiet forests, wetlands, meadows and rocky outcroppings). Return to hotel late afternoon. Group B): Enjoy a three-hour Whale and Wildlife Search Cruise aboard a warm and comfortable vessel, searching for wild orcas, porpoise, sea birds, seals, and sea lions. A marine naturalist guides our excursion through the waters. Picnic lunch will be aboard the vessel. Return to hotel late afternoon. *NOTE: These two afternoon field trips are repeated later the program so everyone can enjoy both!
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample the "local fare". October is "Savor the San Juans" month and many local restaurants participate by featuring special seasonal themed menus at excellent value.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to relax, visit with new friends, or explore on your own.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Morning: You choose between two offered morning presentations (Artist Demonstration or Salmon Restoration) . Afternoon: You choose one of three available options: Histroric town walk or small group hike or artist studio explorations. Special Evening Program Commemorates 25 years with Elderhostel.
(Wednesday, October 2)
   
 Arrive To: Before breakfast: We're offering an optional small group gentle Hatha Yoga session - (Space is limited). This Interdisciplinary Yoga is gentle and integrates both classical and contemporary styles of Hatha Yoga. It offers an excellent way to extend degrees of flexibility, build strength, and elevate energy. This session is appropriate for all fitness levels, regardless of previous Yoga experience.
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: Morning begins with a choice between two offered presentations: Option 1) Local expert provides insight into the island's creative influence with presentation "Artistic Spirit in the Islands" which includes a special guest artist. Option 2) "Salmon Enhancement: Natural Rearing of Salmon in the San Juan's" tells the story of a unique restoration effort with an expert local biologist. Then, stretch your legs and enjoy some late morning flex time to explore the quaint town of Friday Harbor independently!
 Lunch: Have lunch the way you like it! Lunch will be served buffet-style and features a soup of the day with salad bar (including green leaf / spinach salad, a variety of fresh raw veggies, potato salad, three bean salad, and more) – topped off with coffee, tea, iced, water and dessert of the day.
 Afternoon: Choose one of three available afternoon activity options: Option 1) "Cast in stone" historic walking field trip through Friday Harbor with a vernacular architecture expert to discuss the materials, times, and people who built Friday Harbor. Enjoy some local treats are our "Brickworks" farmers market building. Option 2) Small-group excursion to two different artist studios. On our visit to these private studios, we'll learn first-hand from the artist what has driven their passion and brought them success. Option 3) Small-group hiking excursion to the North part of San Juan Island (English Camp hikes). Enjoy coastal and wooded hikes with views of the beach and Mountain vistas of surrounding area.
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, home-made meatloaf, steamed veggies, and one of the following: rice, potatoes, pasta– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Our entire group will enjoy a "celebration" of 25 years of Road Scholar. We'll share stories, images, and gratitude as we all reflect upon our Road Scholar journeys, as well as look toward the future.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning: Choose one of three available activities: 1) Visit the San Juan Historical Museum, or 2) Visit the Whale Museum, or 3) Enjoy a "Smuggling" Presentation at the hotel. Afternoon: Group splits for Whale & Wildlife Cruise / Excursion to San Juan Island North end (English Camp National Park, Limekiln Whale Watch & Observation Post, Historic Roche Harbor Resort and Island Sculpture Park). Special evening Jazz performance for all to enjoy.
(Thursday, October 3)
   
 Arrive To: Before breakfast: We're offering an optional small group gentle Hatha Yoga session - (Space is limited). This Interdisciplinary Yoga is gentle and integrates both classical and contemporary styles of Hatha Yoga. It offers an excellent way to extend degrees of flexibility, build strength, and elevate energy. This session is appropriate for all fitness levels, regardless of previous Yoga experience.
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: Begin the morning with your choice of one of three available options: Option 1) Walking field trip to the San Juan Island Historical Museum. The Museum Director will be our guide as we weave through buildings; and learn behind-the-scenes details to the pieces in the Museum's collection. Option 2) Walking field trip to the Whale Museum, the nation's first museum dedicated to whale's living in the wild. The Whale Museum's Education Curator will be our guide as we explore this unique island treasure and learn more about the marine life that surround the San Juan Islands. Option 3) Enjoy a presentation "Smuggling in the Salish Sea" which tells the story of the history and economic and social impacts of pirating / smuggling the in the waters surrounding the San Juan Islands.
 Lunch: Since we’ll be out exploring, we’ll enjoy a picnic/bag lunch today. Our caterer will provide whole fresh fruit; chips, bottled water, and a chef’s choice fresh bakery treat for everyone. Each member of the group will build their own sandwich to their liking – choosing from an assortment of meats, cheese, breads, and condiments/accoutrements.
 Afternoon: For the afternoon, we'll divide into two groups. Group A) Enjoy a three-hour Whale and Wildlife Search Cruise aboard a warm and comfortable vessel, searching for wild orcas, porpoise, sea birds, seals, and sea lions. A marine naturalist guides our excursion through the waters. Picnic lunch will be aboard the vessel. Group B): North San Juan Island Excursion. We'll begin with exploration of the picturesque Limekiln Lighthouse, now a whale observation outpost known to locals as whale-watch park. Following our picnic lunch, we'll depart for the San Juan Island National Park (British Camp). Rounding out our afternoon will be a stop in Roche Harbor Village. At Roche Harbor, visit either the historic Roche Harbor Resort (with its lovely marina and English gardens) or visit the Westcott Bay Sculpture Park (where you can view outdoor sculptures thoughtfully placed amidst acres of quiet forests, wetlands, meadows and rocky outcroppings). *NOTE: These two afternoon field trips were also offered earlier in the program so everyone could have a chance to enjoy both!
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, prawns & scallops (in sun-dried tomato pesto), penne pasta and steamed veggies– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Our entire group will enjoy a special musical performance - an evening of Jazz featuring bebop, Latin, swing, and original tunes by the band…a local favorite!
   
Accommodations: Best Western Friday Harbor Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Travel back to Seattle / Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve / Seattle Sunset Dinner Cruise
(Friday, October 4)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice. We'll have breakfast early, so that we can depart San Juan Island and return to Seattle.
 Morning: We'll depart Friday Harbor, San Juan Island via the Washington State ferry and board our chartered motor coach in Anacortes. On our travels back to Seattle, we'll visit the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve. The Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve was developed to acknowledge and honor the ancestors of the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish and other tribes and bands of Northwest Washington. The Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve has over 23,000 square feet of exhibits and classrooms and 50 acres of natural history preserve. The artifacts, carvings, art and interactive displays weave insight and understanding to the land, the people, and the culture of these Tribal ancestors.
 Lunch: Since we’ll be out exploring, we’ll enjoy a picnic/bag lunch today. Our caterer will provide whole fresh fruit; chips, bottled water, and a chef’s choice fresh bakery treat for everyone. Each member of the group will build their own sandwich to their liking – choosing from an assortment of meats, cheese, breads, and condiments/accoutrements.
 Afternoon: Following our picnic at Hibulb Cultural Center, we'll board our coach for our return to Seattle.
 Dinner: We'll board our chartered yacht for our farewell dinner cruise through Lake Washington and Lake Union. Enjoy the backdrop of Seattle's downtown and the Space Needle as we cruise along. Our on-board chef will prepare a delightful three-course dinner paired with local Washington wines.
 Evening: Late evening return to our Seattle hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Program Farewell / Independent Departures
(Saturday, October 5)
   
 Breakfast: Extensive breakfast buffet served in hotel Conference/Breakfast Room featuring, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, a variety of fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, breakfast breads/toast, juices and coffee
 Morning: Extending your stay in Seattle? Please see the group leader during breakfast for suggestions and tips to enhance your stay!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Seattle Seattle metronatural
Seattle's Convention and Visitor's Bureau For additional information, visit www.visitseattle.org
  Visitor's Guide
Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau For additional information, visit www.seeseattle.com
  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island San Juan Island Activities
Among the many free time activities in Friday Harbor are whale watching, kayaking, beachcombing, bicycling, fishing, shopping, museums, outdoor sculpture park, historic sites, and ferry trips to other islands. For additional information, visit www.sanjuanisland.org
  San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
The San Juan Islands are just a scenic ferry ride or a short flight from the northwest Washington mainland. Whether you yearn for the slow pace of island time or the excitement of new experiences, you're sure to enjoy your time in the San Juan Islands. For additional information, visit www.visitsanjuans.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Friday Harbor


Author: Mike Vouri, San Juan Historical Society, Julia Vouri


Description: A book that reviews the rich history and residents of Friday Harbor throughout the past 100 years.



Hiking the San Juan Islands


Author: Ken Wilcox


Description: The famed San Juan Islands of Northwest Washington State offer some of the most charming, scenic and naturally diverse landscapes and seascapes anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. A host of parks, trails, beaches, and protected wildlands are available to enjoy for hiking. This guide includes listings and maps for the surround archipelago, including Whidbey, Camano, Fidalgo, Cypress, and land-based counties near the San Juan Islands.



Living High: An Unconventional Autobiography


Author: June Burn


Description: This autobiography chronicles Farrar and June Burns travels around the United States and their experience homesteading in the San Juan Islands, teaching Eskimos and traveling across the United States in a covered wagon. She wrote extensively for various periodicals and wrote several books. Burn's autobiography Living High: An Unconventional Autobiography (1941) documents much of her early life story, particularly her time on Sentinel and Waldron Islands in Washington’s San Juan Islands. The book has been republished several times.



North Puget Sound: Afoot and Afloat


Author: Marge & Ted Mueller


Description: An insiders guide to the North Puget Sound region of Washington State.



Rainshadow World: A Naturalist's Year in the San Juan Islands


Author: Susan Vernon


Description: The San Juan Archipelago of Washington State is a wondrous place where the land meets the sea. In Rainshadow World, naturalist Susan Vernon explores the fascinating world of wildlife in one of the earth's richest biological realms. From rocky shores and tall grass prairies, to forests draped with mosses and lichens and resonating to the drumbeat of pileated woodpeckers, she encounters the first wildflowers of spring, watches a bald eagle's first flight, surveys rare island marble butterflies, and wonders at whales playing in the moonlight. Susan knows the secret places to explore and takes readers on a compelling journey through an island year.



San Juan Islands Wildlife: A Handbook for Exploring Nature


Author: Evelyn Adams


Description: Natural beauty and a rich diversity of wildlife draw thousands of visitors annually to Washington's San Juan Islands. Until now, there has never been a book that provides an overview of natural life in this beautiful archipelago. San Juan Islands Wildlife is an informative and affectionate look at the habits and habitats of the flora and fauna found within the unique environment of the region.





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